The Members of the National legislature have warned Dr Ngozi Iweala, the Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance to desist from utterances capable of putting of putting the National Assembly on a collision course with the presidency over the 2013 budget amendment. Dr Okonjo Iweala had reportedly warned in a radio interview on Ray Power FM on Monday that the government would not be able to pay salaries by September if the legislature failed to resolve the lingering impasse over the 2013 Budget Amendment Bill.
It should be recalled that four months ago the President forwarded a bill amending the 2013 budget of N4.987 trillion to the National Assembly . The lawmakers however have not been favourably disposed to the bill.
Yesterday, a spokesman for the Senate Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe said the upper chamber was perplexed by the comments attributed to the Minister that the economy was on the verge of collapse, saying: “Firstly, the Senate does not view the comment kindly. The feeling of the Senate and by extension, the National Assembly, has always been that we don’t expect ministers, appointees of the president, to make comments that tend to make the legislature to be on a collision with the executive.”
Senator Abaribe explained that the delay in approving the third budget amendment proposal sent by Jonathan to the Senate was because it is more voluminous than the original 2013 budget document, which makes it difficult for the Senators to deliberate on it before after their annual vacation, which begins in September. The vacation begins in August.
In the new budget amendment bill, President Jonathan accused the lawmakers of removing some capital votes from the initial proposed amendments, which will make the execution of such projects impossible.
The minister is beginning to take more than required; so ought to be cautioned appropriately
well, what need to be done should be done,they should examining themselve. the solution is within them.